This is one in a series of CEF Nominal Rolls made available by Chris Wight from his private collection. Chris is member of the "Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group", which studies the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) in the Great War (1914-1919). He has made this information available to fellow researchers who may benefit from these documents.
This Nominal Roll identifies the Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the 73rd Infantry Battalion. Details are provided in the notes that follow. For further information, please see the details posted at the "Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group - Matrix Project" (http://cefresearch.com/matrix/).
The Nominal Rolls of the Canadian Expeditionary Force are described by Library and Archives Canada as the "lists of soldiers on strength with the unit on a particular date. They were generally created in the course of a unit's formation in Canada, often in preparation for departure overseas. Five copies of nominal rolls (army form MFW 20) were to be prepared by the regimental adjutant. Two were submitted to the headquarters of the Military District in which the unit was raised (one of which was to be forwarded to the Department of Militia and Defence in Ottawa).
Three were to accompany the unit overseas. The first page was to contain a list of officers, arranged in order of rank. Other ranks followed on succeeding pages, arranged in alphabetical order, showing full name, rank, and regimental number." A number of additional documents pertaining to the 73rd Canadian Infantry Battalion are on file at Library and Archives Canada, including their War Diary. The CEF Matrix Project Fluid ORBAT (Order of Battle) shows the 73rd Battalion served in France with the 12th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division. The story of the 73rd , like that of the 60th Battalion is unique, as only a few battalions suffered such great losses that it had to be withdrawn from service in April 1917. It was replaced by the 85th Battalion.
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CEF Matrix Project: http://www.cefresearch.com/matrix